By: Alexa Magarian
Appetite successfully executed their special four-course menu on Sunday, February 12, bringing the Pop-Up Restaurant Challenge at The International Culinary Center to a close. When I arrived at L’Ecole, I had the pleasure of watching the students work before I was seated. The team was very composed and focused. The energy in the kitchen was surprisingly calm, the students working with rhythm in the brigade. Chef-instructors were there for support but the students were the ones who ultimately ran the show.
The menu reflected new American cuisine and incorporated less commonly served meats but without being intimidating for diners.
We started with the rabbit and sage meatball in a syrah demi-glace followed by the crispy duck breast which was the winning challenge dish during the competition.
The main course, the spice-rubbed boar chop, was generously portioned and prepared perfectly for someone never having experienced this type of meat. It was accompanied by faro risotto—so delicious.
I don’t want to sound too biased, as I am a pastry student, but the dessert was perhaps my favorite course. I cannot stop thinking about it! The chevre mousse was light and refreshing and what I loved most was that it wasn’t too sweet. It was the perfect final touch to a very memorable meal!
Congrats and thank you to Nhavan Nghe, Jay Medford, Ekaskak Phongmekin, Melanie Brockaway-Rosenberger, Kelly Nuti, and Alexis Alejandro.
Alexa Magarian is a student in the Classic Pastry Arts program. Originally from Boston, she hopes to combine her background in public relations and writing with her love for cooking and baking. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her family around the kitchen table, eating dinner together. When she is not tempering chocolate and creating desserts in class, she enjoys traveling for inspiration, and meeting people who are just as passionate about food as she is.